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Patrick Cantlay was the man to take the sixth and final automatic spot in the US Ryder Cup team following his win in the second FedEx Cup play-off at the BMW Championship.
Cantlay came out on top over Bryson DeChambeau after the Americans put on an epic battle on Sunday at Caves Valley, which was eventually decided via a dramatic six-hole play-off.
After 24 holes of final-round golf, a remarkable 20-foot putt from the world No.4 rolled in for birdie, and after DeChambeau missed his attempt from 12-feet Cantlay was crowned a FedEx Cup play-off winner for the very first time.
The victory means the 29-year-old is now the man to catch at the top of the FedEx Cup standings heading into next week’s finale at the Tour Championship, with DeChambeau in second and Tony Finau in third.
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However, one added bonus that Cantlay also takes with him following his win is an all-important automatic qualifying spot in Steve Stricker’s American Ryder Cup team.
Following his fifth PGA Tour win, the FedEx Cup leader spoke of his excitement in playing in next month’s team event in Wisconsin.
He said: “I’m excited. Fred Couples texted me this week and said it looks like he’s going to be one of the assistant captains, and so he’ll be up there. I’ve been talking with Xander [Schauffele], obviously, and JT (Justin Thomas) and Jordan, and we’re really looking forward to it.”
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Cantlay headed into last week’s penultimate FedEx Cup play-off just outside the automatic Ryder Cup places, meaning without victory at Caves Valley on Sunday he would have been reliant on a captain’s pick, which would have no doubt come after another impressive Tour campaign.
Despite many laying the 29-year-old down as a dead cert for a place in Stricker’s side, the American admitted it was nice to qualify automatically instead of relying on a wildcard selection.
He added: “It’s nice to get in on points, and I’m really looking forward to that whole event. I’ve heard so much about it and watched it growing up. I’m sure it will be everything I’ve imagined and more. I will lock in there, and hopefully we’ll get a victory.”
Cantlay’s qualification means he joins Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas as the six already qualified for the bieaniel event in less than four weeks’ time.
The man the world No.4 replaced in the top six was the previous week’s play-off champion Tony Finau, who looked certain for a qualifying spot following his win at the Northern Trust last Monday.
Instead he will now be relying on being one of the six wildcard picks chosen by Stricker, joining the likes of Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Harris English and Phil Mickelson in waiting for the captain’s call.
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